Member Rara Avis
Lumpy oatmeal makes me crazy!
I'll be back to read your post later, but I am going to respond to the sport hunting quote now. I had just typed out a post about that very issue and deleted it before I saw your post.
Here goes again -
There are different types of hunting licenses in Alaska. There is the subsistance hunting license. Then we have sport hunting licenses. Sport hunting license are what the majority of Alaskans purchase to hunt.
I grew up around hunters. I have been on hunting trips. While I have never shot a moose, I have helped skin and pack moose. I also eat moose and other wild game.
Sport hunting is not about going out to find heads to put on den walls. It is about filling freezers with healthy food. It's about managing game. It's about personal prefernces. It's also regulated and very managed.
Fishing is no different. I was out in the middle of nowhere a few years ago sport fishing with friends. We were on a small boat in the middle of a lake when a plane landed. We tried to get out of the way of the plane and it kept approaching us. Come to find out, it was Fish and Game checking the size of our Rainbows.
People are flying, boating, and watching how animals are hunted. We use what we hunt. Of course there are exceptions, but that is not what we are talking about when we talk about the average "sport" hunter in Alaska.
FYI, moose is tasty. It's a lean meat and very healthy. It's not all that easy to shoot one when people go out hunting because they are smart. Maybe that is the sport of it all.
When moose are hit by cars and killed, the meat is salvaged and eaten.
People don't live up here because we don't appreciate the beauty of animals and scenery. We live up here for those reasons.
So, M, for the record, I laughed when I read the issue of sport hunting. The sport of hunting is being in a beautiful area, waking up on a misty morning and going to a tree stand or walking a perimeter, smelling the fall air, seeing animals that are incredible to watch. Maybe watching a cow moose duck in and out of the woods as she hears boats - and being amazed that one moment she stands out and the next she is watching from a creek bank and no one knows she is there. It's about beauty. It's about enjoying nature. And maybe it's about bringing home food for the winter.
Now, I know this is hunting issue is not unique to Alaska. Hell, I was in Maine one fall and watched on the news as the first moose was brought in from their hunt. They had to bring it in without even gutting it so it could be weighed. Not only was it a sad sight (in my opinion), but I also wondered how that impacts the quality of meat. But know what? I kind of figured that the State of Maine Fish and Game had that covered. In my ignorance, I decided that they may have considered my questions - and already found answers to them.
The hunters I know are very aware of animal (and fowl) numbers, how to process what they take so there is no waste, and how to prepare that same animal so it tastes good.
So the Governor has a sport hunting license? Big deal.
You know, I spent was on assignment once in Washington state, and every day I would drive past a beef slaugher house. One day I went by as beef was being processed and the stench almost made me vomit. The sight of the slaughter house made me ill. Now, in my mind, if you want to talk about killing defensless animals, maybe we should look at how we breed, raise, slaughter and process meat that is USDA approved and sold at your local store.
I ask you, M? Do you find this as objectionable? Are you one of those devout vegetarian type who does not eat meat, or meat by products? Do you shun leather, feathers, and anything processed with animal parts? If so, then by all means, please talk on about putting a bullet into an animal who can't defend itself. Otherwise, excuse me while I go and try to choke back my laughter at your comment.
The other issue is Palin's family. If anyone is bringing them to the forefront it is people like you. She has a family. She has a special needs baby. She has five children. Hell, we didn't even know she was pregnant with her last child until her last month or so of pregnancy. Yes her child has Downes. Are you insinuating that she is going to exploit that fact for political gain? What is she going to do exactly? Pimp out her children for photo opportunities?
You know, I believe in the right to choose which candidate is right. I believe that Palin has a lot to learn - and might not even be the right one to be on the VP ticket. But, the fact that she is there does not mean that she doesn't deserve a chance.
You are speculating on what can be based on what? That you are an Obama supporter? Hell, as far as you know, I might be an Obama supporter. I have not said who I support.
I am not asking anyone to change their vote or agree with McCain. I am asking you to base your arguements on knowledge. The issue of sport hunting is not an issue to me. It's not an issue to people who understand what it means. The issue of Palin's family was simply a cheap shot.
If I am missing anything else that you asked me or commented to me, let me know. I think I have said about all I have to say in this thread, but I have enjoyed 'talking' with you.